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Oaksenham - Conquest of the pacific CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.74 | 50 ratings

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5 stars A superb example of instrumental prog!

Oaksenham aren't afraid to acknowledge that Gentle Giant were a great inspiration to them, they also display similarities to Gryphon, Camel and Jethro Tull (in their folk-prog phase). The great thing about this band is that they can wear those influences openly and build on them rather than simply trying to replicate the sounds of their musical predecessors. Despite the references to medieval forms and eastern European folk music this album sounds extremely modern and fresh, boasting crystal clear production. Full of energy and tricky time signatures the playing focuses on deft arrangements and ensemble playing with solos featuring guitar, flute, violin and organ predominately. Further colour is added with the use of harp, clarinet, cello, oboe, english horn, bassoon and french horn occasionally playing almost as an independent chamber orchestra alongside the core band.

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys imaginative instrumetal prog with medieval/folk leanings. Always wary of giving 5 stars, I have to say for me this album thoroughly deserves them. I hope we hear a lot more from this band!

barp | 5/5 |


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